SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Justice League Odyssey #1 by Joshua Williamson, Stjepan Sejic and Deron Bennett, in stores now.
Several months ago, Justice League: No Justice rattled the very fabric of the DC cosmos. Ancient gods arrived from beyond the Source Wall to destroy all of creation, and it was up to a combination of heroes and villains to save the universe.
While this new, expanded version of the Justice League was successful in its mission, there were still unforeseen consequences. Hundreds of planets that had been miniaturized and kept bottled for thousands years on Colu were freed, restored to their proper size. When they were taken, long ago, these planets each occupied their own sectors in the wide abyss of space. When they were freed, however, it was all in the same area, resulting in the creation of an all-new space sector.
Known as the Ghost Sector, the DCU is home to a section of the cosmos that has been closed off by the Guardians of the Universe, with Green Lantern Jessica Cruz tasked with watching over all of them. However, in Justice League Odyssey #1, we discover the common thread that binds these planets together. Evidently, they all worshiped a trio of Old Gods: Cyborg, Azrael and Starfire.
ISoon after Colu fell in No Justice, Cyborg, Starfire and Azrael each felt a pull calling them to the Ghost Sector; this is the basis behind the formation of this new Justice League team. Together, the three superheroes travel to the Ghost Sector, where they run into Jessica Cruz. Once they find themselves safe on the ground on one of the planets, they are greeted by, of all people, the Lord of Apokolips himself, Darkseid.
The recently reborn New God explains that he was actually the one who brought Azrael, Cyborg and Starfire to the Ghost Sector. According to him, back when his father still ruled Apokolips, there was a prophecy, one that would come to be following the breaking of the Source Wall. All of the worlds the Coluans kept bottled were actually hidden for a very specific reason: the Old Gods they worshiped. Apparently, a certain individual wanted the knowledge of these Gods and of these planets hidden from the rest of the universe.
Darkseid calls these deities the Goddess, the Machine and the Angel, but effigies scattered around the various planets of the Ghost Sector show us giant statues Starfire, Cyborg and Azrael. It’s not just statues that ‘sort of’ look like the heroes — it is them, and what’s more, the worshipers even use their actual names.
What that means, exactly, is anyone’s guess. Somehow, hundreds of worlds worshiped at the altar of this trio thousands of years ago. Since Cyborg, Starfire and Azrael are creatures of the present, then it’s likely that there might be some form of time travel at work here — one that will come into play later in Justice League Odyssey. Either that, or Williamson and Sejic have quite the surprises in store for us.
Whatever the case, Darkseid believes that bringing these three superheroes back to the people who worship them will somehow “bring forth a new age of the multiverse.” And knowing Darkseid, that can only be a bad thing.
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